When Max Muncy made his major league debut with the Oakland A's on April 25, 2015, he became the first member of the A's 2012 draft class to reach the big leagues with Oakland. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the A's 2012 fifth-round pick played 96 games with the A's. However, after hitting just .195 during those 96 games, Muncy was removed from the 40-man roster in January. He remained with the organization as a non-roster player and was an invitee to big league camp. With the A's crowded in the infield in the upper levels, Muncy's path to regular playing time with Nashville this season was blocked. Over the weekend, Muncy's time with the A's organization came to an end, as the A's released him.
Muncy figures to get plenty of interest on the open market despite his struggles at the plate in the big leagues. He has a career .375 OBP in 450 minor league games and had a 20:24 BB:K during his big league stint with Oakland last year. Originally a first baseman, Muncy has significantly increased his defensive versatility over the past two years, regularly seeing time at first, third, second and in the corner outfield.
Muncy will be 26 until late August. During his time in the A's organization, he hit 25 homers and drove-in 100 in 2013 and won a Double-A title ring while leading the Texas League in walks in 2014. He has also been a positive clubhouse presence every level he has played at.
The A's also released utilityman Josh Rodriguez, who was a non-roster invitee to spring training after signing a minor league contract with the A's during the off-season. Rodriguez, who also played in the A's organization in 2016, has already signed a free agent deal with the New York Mets.